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Currency and the Fed Lesson for Grades 8-12


Students consider who is pictured on the different denominations of U.S. currency and why. They participate in an activity to identify functions of basic, everyday items and then identify and explain the functions of another basic, everyday item, money. Students learn some basic facts about money as well as some basics about the Federal Reserve System. In addition, they describe the Federal Reserve's role in the distribution of money by identifying features of the $5 note.

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This lesson plan is designed for teaching grades 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12.


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Audience:   High School, Middle School
Language:   English
Subjects:   History, Economics
Resource Types:   Lessons
Concepts:   Money, Federal Reserve System-structure, Federal Reserve System-functions